Another labor pain for industry in California

11/18/2011 09:01:00 AM
Don Schrack

Mind you, slower is relative.

The 2011-12 navel harvest is moving into high gear — along with satsumas and others of the zipper rind family. 

Late-season varieties of table grapes will be picked and packed well into December. 

But the rural roads are less congested, save for the California desert where the winter vegetable season is ramping up.

The season’s apple, asian pear, nut and kiwifruit harvests are done — or in their final throes.

Same for pomegranates. Persimmons are in their short season.

So most California grower-shippers can relax and enjoy the holidays.

Not so fast.

More legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the so-called card check bill. 

He did, however, sign a compromise bill, a document that not so subtly changes the state’s 1975 Agriculture Relations Labor Act and could rear its ugly head come 2012 and beyond.



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